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What Are Food Allergies and Food Intolerances?

Why pets or cats will not be allergic to our products.
Adverse reactions to foods have been recognized for years; "What is food to one may be fierce poison to another". (Lucretius, circa 75 BC) The term 'allergy' is derived from two Greek words which mean "altered reactivity". That is, an allergy is an adverse reaction to a normally harmless substance which may be a food or other environmental agent such as dusts, pollens or chemicals.
 
The difference between Allergy and Intolerance: Allergy is used to describe those cases in which the adverse reaction to a substance occurs almost immediately, usually within an hour. The reaction is obvious and often quite violent, for example, developing a rash or hives after eating heat processed, grain-based pet foods or being violently sick after eating wheat biscuits. True allergies are quite rare. They affect only a small percentage of the population and most often develop during the puppy or kitten life stage.
 
Sensitivities or intolerances on the other hand, affect a great number of companion animals and develop at any time of life. The symptoms of food intolerance rarely occur immediately after the food is eaten. In fact, the reactions are usually delayed by many hours, or even many days. For example, the wheat eaten on Monday could be the cause of Thursday's joint pain. It is these delayed reactions which make the detection of the culprit foods a most difficult task without the help of expert laboratory testing.
 
The fermentation process used to produce Balance Diet™™ is a cleansing process. That is to say that if your pet or cat were allergic to any of the specific ingredients, they are purified through the break-down and pre-digestion of the ingredients through the generation of hypoallergenic polyphenols.
 
Is gluten-free the same as wheat-free?
Definitely not! Gluten or gliadin is a complex of protein which occurs in wheat, oats, rye and barley. It causes toxic reactions in pets and cats with a particular genetic make-up. This can cause them to develop Coeliac disease, or intestinal villus atrophy. Being sensitive to wheat is a very different thing; in this case your reaction may be to any one of the proteins contained in the grain and it is likely to be a true immunological reaction, not a toxic one. Therefore, the fact that food is gluten-free is no guarantee at all that it is wheat-free. However, there are several gluten-free products on the market which do happen to be wheat-free also. Clearly you have to read the labels carefully.
 
 
The Flaw of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates, such as corn, wheat, soy, oats, potato, barley, and rice, compete with proteins and fats for digestive precedence. They easily convert to simple sugars forcing themselves ahead of proteins and fats causing your pet's metabolism to continually rely upon these sugars, sending proteins and fats off to be stored as fat and cholesterol. Furthermore, the heat processing of carbohydrates is called gelatizing which converts carbohydrates to starches which easily convert to harmful sugars. Instead of being lean, muscular, and healthy, your pet becomes fat, pudgy, and sluggish. This causes constant insulin reactions stressing the pancreas, adrenals, and vital organs, leading to hyperinsulinism/hyperinsulin anemia, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. They are found in dry pet foods and pet biscuits. Potatoes have become a popular ingredient in pet foods and treats lately. It should be noted that they are using potato chip scraps which cost up to 10 times less than corn and have already been heat processed once before being heat processed in pet food and treats.